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Two thousand years of Christian interpretation cast in radically different philosophical assumptions than was most of the Old Testament. We often ‘hear’ later church definitions when reading the Old Testament rather than hearing the Hebrew terms for what they originally communicated.
‘JUDGE’ – What picture comes to mind?
If I SAY – Hebrews 9:27 It is appointed for men to die once and after this – judgment…
WHAT PICTURE COMES TO MIND?
WHAT IF SAID – It is appointed for men to die once and after this – DECISION
RANGE OF MEANING – krínō – to separate (distinguish), come to a choice (decision) to judge
WHOLE DIFFERENT PICTURE? IS OUR PICTURE COLORED BY THE THEOLOGY OF THE TRANSLATORS?
Look at the picture that would come to mind for the readers of Hebrews:
Exodus 18:13-16 And Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?”
15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. “When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
Exodus 18:17-23 And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. “Now listen to me: I shall give you counsel, and God be with you. You.. teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk, and the work they are to do.
21 “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them, as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
22 “And let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge… and all these people also will go to their place in peace.”
GOD’S SYSTEM OF COMMUNITY – WISE, TRAINED men who fear God, men of truth, let them judge the people at all times
Deuteronomy 16:18-20 “You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
19 ” You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.